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Toronto’s FRIGS prep new LP for Arts & Crafts, share “Talking Pictures,” touring

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Toronto post-punks FRIGS will release their new album, Basic Behaviour, on February 23 via Arts & Crafts. Their dark, soulful brand of rock is powered by Bria Salmela, a firebrand frontperson possessing a commanding voice that can go from smoky cool to full-on wail. You can hear that in action on new single “Talking Pictures” which Bria talks a little about:

“Talking Pictures” was a turning point in the development of Basic Behaviour. There was a starkness to it that really resonated with us at the time, becoming a catalyst for a new style of songwriting that would eventually finish the record. Lyrically, it is about the need to be stimulated. It was written during a period where I felt a lack of both external and internal encouragement, preventing me from thinking freely or creatively. Falling into a void of routine, I was distracting myself from real life experiences, and those experiences, once examined, seemed only filtered through interactions with technology and social media. In writing this song, I attempted to explore this void and my distracted state in hopes of losing any numbness I felt in my day-to-day life.

Stream that, and “Doghead” off the record, below.

FRIGS will also be on tour starting in March, including a requisite stop in Austin for SXSW (and the Savannah Stopover in Georgia before that). The tour hits Brooklyn’s Alphaville on March 3 with Weeping Icon also on the bill (tickets). All dates are listed, along with album art and tracklist, below.

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FRIGS – Basic Behaviour tracklist:

1. Doghead
2. Talking Pictures
3. Waste
4. Solid State
5. Gemini
6. I
7. II
8. Heavyweights
9. Chest
10. Trashyard

The Frigs – 2018 Tour Dates
03/01 – Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz
03/02 – Boston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub
03/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
03/04 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie – Upstairs
03/05 – Lancaster, PA – Lizard Lounge
03/06 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
03/07 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
03/08 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
03/12 – Atlanta, GA – Gasa Gasa
03/13 – New Orleans, LA – Masquerade
03/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/16 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/17 – Hot Springs, AR – Valley of the Vapors Festival
03/19 – Kansas City, MO – miniBar
03/21 – Denver, CO – Streets of London
03/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
03/23 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
03/24 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
03/26 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
03/27 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
03/29 – Calgary, AB – Broken City
03/30 – Edmonton, AB – Bohemia
03/31 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina
04/01 – Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
04/04 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
04/06 – London, ON – Rum Runners
04/07 – Toronto, ON – Garrison

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